At a Fishtown Neighbors Association-sponsored community meeting Monday night, neighbors came out to show their approval for the Wynn Philadelphia proposal on the Delaware River in Fishtown.
The final vote was 173 Fishtown residents in favor, and 55 in opposition.
For over an hour beforehand residents were lining up outside the First Presbyterian Church of Kensington at 418 E. Girard Avenue on Monday, April 8.
The neighbors’ reasons for supporting Wynn Philadelphia included the revitalization of a long-unused former industrial site, the prospect of construction jobs and permanent jobs once the casino and hotel opens, and support for a planned 22-acre park and River Walk which would be open to the public under the current Wynn Philadelphia designs.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is holding public hearings on April 11 and 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to get public input regarding the six casino-license proposals, including Wynn Philadelphia, that they must choose between.